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Newsletter 5 – March 2018

Meet your colleagues & Share knowledgeDear colleagues,Dietitians from all over Europe together at one congress: that is so unique! Network with colleagues from other countries, meet the experts and gain knowledge. An opportunity you do not want to miss!As a communication professional it is a great pleasure to write this newsletter every month. But I need you to spread the news! Please forward this newsletter: share it on social media & send it to your colleagues.

Good news: you can register now for the lower early bird rate. So book your conference ticket now and save money!

I can’t wait to meet you on the 28 and 29 September in Rotterdam!

Suzan Tuinier
EFAD Communication & PR

EFAD Conference 2018
Let’s make the difference!
September 28-29, 2018  | World Trade Center Rotterdam (NL)
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we leadNelson Mandela
Vivian Ceelen
Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics - HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I’m Head of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, the NetherlandsWhat is the subject of your presentation?
“How to create new workplaces for dietitians”. A few years ago at HAN University, we started to create new places for internships for our students. With ‘new places’ I mean places where there had not been internships before, because there was not yet a dietitian working. We were convinced, however, that dietitians could be of value in these places, like companies, schools, practices for dental hygienists, sports clubs, etc. We therefore started internships, which created the opportunity for these new places to get to know the expertise of dietitians. We started with about 12 students in 2012. This number increased over the last years, due to good outcomes. We are very proud that several students could stay after their internship, because companies and organization were excited about the added value of a dietitian. In this way, we have been able to create new work places for dietitians.
What challenges did we face during this process? For example, an important issue was the supervision of our students. Therefore, we contracted a dietitian with a private practice to supervise our students in those companies or organizations where no dietitian was available.Why is this subject special?
It’s about innovation in education, about creating new chances for dietitians, and about courage.How does this fit in the theme ‘let’s make a difference’?
We decided to take things differently; to think out of the box. It shows –among other things- that (future) dietitians can make a difference in new workplaces.

How can dietitians make a difference according to you?
By developing a permanent learning attitude, being curious, asking questions, trying new things, keeping up knowledge and skills, creating strength by working together.

Why should dietitians come to Rotterdam in September?
Because this is the moment and place to start making the difference as described above.

Is there anything else you want to share with us?
Looking forward to meet you!


Maria Hassapidou
Coordinator of EFAD Orginal Research Group
taking care of abstracts handling & awards

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am a professor of Nutrition and Dietetics  and head of the department of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Alexander Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki (ATEI), Greece. I have coordinated and participated in several research projects in the areas of dietary assessment and nutritional evaluation, dietary treatment of obese patients with cardio metabolic diseases and childhood obesity. I am the national coordinator for Greece for COSI (WHO European Childhood Surveillance Initiative), member of the EASO Childhood Obesity Task Force and chair of the Nutrition working group(NWG) of the same association, and co-chair of the European Specialized Dietetic Network (ESDN) of EFAD on Obesity. I am also a member of the Hellenic Nutrition Policy Committee.’When did you join EFAD?
I actually became active in EFAD as a University representative in DIETS 1 in 2005
Can you share some of the highlights with us?
In the first DIETS conference we were not so experienced and all posters were presented as orals: five minutes each. There we realized that five minutes was a very short time and presenters were complaining. So in the next conference we selected a few abstracts to be presented as orals and the rest as paper posters. You always learn by experience!You are responsible for the selection of the abstracts, how does this works?
Dietitians and students submit their abstracts written according to specific instructions. Then there is a group of evaluators that reads and grades the abstracts. There are two evaluators for each abstract. The abstracts with the best grades are presented as orals and the rest as posters. To be sure that only quality research is presented abstracts that do not achieve a  minimum grade are not accepted. There is a prize for the best poster and for the best student poster.How many abstracts did you receive last year?
We had 87 abstracts.

You are responsible for the selection of the abstracts, how does this works?
Dietitians and students submit their abstracts written according to specific instructions. Click on the button below to read the guidelines.

How can dietitians “make a difference” (the theme in 2018)?
Dietitians can make the difference. We see it with the increase in the participation in our conferences over the years, the increase in the number and the quality of abstracts submitted every year on different research subjects and with the  increased participation  of dietitians in the prevention and treatment of diseases all over Europe.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTSSubmit your abstract before June 1st and present it at the EFAD Conference!READ MORE [3]
EARLY BIRD RATESMake use of the early bird rates and save money. Deadline is the 1st of May.READ MORE [4]

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